Saturday, April 21, 2012

French Baguettes

Fresh out of the oven.

Before going in the oven.

Oui oui.  Délicieux.  Arome.  Amour.  Ladies and Gents, these French Baguettes are excellent, especially straight out of the oven.  My love for breads is growing and I just love learning to cook different kinds.  I'm still intimidated with making sourdough, but soon, soon.  Nonetheless, enjoy!  The batch I made above are one and a half of the recipe below.

French Baguettes
makes 2 baguettes


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour or all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 1egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Place 1 cup water, bread flour, sugar, salt and yeast into bread machine pan in the order recommended by manufacturer. Select Dough cycle, and press Start. (Tip: You don't need a bread machine - I used my Kitchen-aid - otherwise get dirty and use your hands, it's fun)
  2. When the cycle has completed, place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until doubled in bulk. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
  3. Punch down dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 16x12 inch rectangle. Cut dough in half, creating two 8x12 inch rectangles. Roll up each half of dough tightly, beginning at 12 inch side, pounding out any air bubbles as you go. Roll gently back and forth to taper end. Place 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Make deep diagonal slashes across loaves every 2 inches, or make one lengthwise slash on each loaf. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Mix egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water; brush over tops of loaves.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. 
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1 comment:

  1. Is it possible to make these baguettes in bread maker? I recently bought one after reading and now I am looking for cool recipes)